Gaines Group Architects

Harrisonburg Parklet Project – In Pictures

First step, find the best spaces Next Advertise the event on social media and place community posters Spaces reserved 24 hours in advance Construction of the spaces Parklets begin to take shape Spaces open to the public An incredible event with lots of foot traffic,...

Local Architectural Firm Named Best of Houzz 2012

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2012 Press Inquiries:        Charles Hendricks, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP 540-437-0012, cbhendricks@thegainesgroup.com The Gaines Group, PLC Architecture and Design of Harrisonburg, Virginia Receives Houzz’s 2012 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award   First-Ever...

Tired of High Electric Bills? Get the Test!

If you are ready to fight back against those high energy costs or simply want your house to be more comfortable, you should consider hiring an energy auditor. They are able to test your home to determine where the problems are and give you a list of things to address. Don’t...

Citizen Architect – Design Matters

I believe that as an architect I have an ethical duty to design solutions that are energy efficient, durable, and healthy. It is my job to understand the materials that are available in the market today, know how to use the materials effectively, and to know the impacts on indoor...

Is big commercial good for Harrisonburg?

Scott Rogers posted news of a new commercial business potentially coming to Harrisonburg this year. We have several empty big boxes in town that need this kind of development or a rethinking of their use all together. This business will bring jobs to the area, provide a...

Community Health – Can we revive place during economic weakness

I am excited to see a new commercial business opening in Broadway, Virginia. Plan B is under construction. They will have fresh-baked goods, hand crafted soups, salads, and sandwiches, and of course fair trade local coffee from Lucas Roasting. They will offer web access, live...

Smart Solutions for your Home – Guest Post by Todd Hawkins

Guest Post from Todd Hawkins of Builder Fish. BuilderFish™ specializes in Universal Design (UD) to help everyone, particularly older Americans and people with disabilities, enjoy independence, comfort, ease and longevity in their homes. Class A general contractor Jonathan...

How efficient is your home?

I ask this question a lot of people I run into at home shows / county fairs. Many put up a defensive immediately, thinking I am trying to sell them something (I am – my experience and knowledge). I almost always get the same answer “my house is very efficient.”...

How do you know if it is real green knowledge?

Do you judge someone by how they dress? What about how they talk? Does the car they drive make a difference? I started thinking about these concepts today after a question was posed by a writer developing a story on green renovations. How do you find a designer that really...